Automakers are lining up the cars for the next month 2010 Geneva Motor Show event. Being the most important event of the year in the car industry, everyone is preparing to display the best stuff they got here. Peugeot today announced that they will be showing another car at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, named ``5 by Peugeot``. They thought it would be nice to raise the interest ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, so they launched the car, offering a large number of official photos and a lot of details.
From what we can see in the pictures below, the ``5 by Peugeot`` concept clearly previews the Peugeot 508 sedan, so we will be calling it this way for the rest of the article. The Peugeot 508 sedan concept looks pretty close to production ready state, so what you see in the pictures below might be exactly what you will be getting once the new car is launched. The Peugeot 508 will replace both the unsuccessful, old but quite nice looking Peugeot 607 sedan that competed against the Audi A6 as well as the ugly looking (personal opinion) Peugeot 407 that competed against the Volkswagen Passat.
The dimensions of the Peugeot 508 concept suggest the exact fact that it will replace both the Peugeot 407 and the Peugeot 607, as it is 168 millimeters longer than the Peugeot 407 but 42 millimeters shorter than the Peugeot 607, having a length of 4860 millimeters. For comparison, the Ford Mondeo has a length of 4844 millimeters, the Opel Insignia has a length of 4830 millimeters while the Volkswagen Passat has a length of 4765 millimeters.
The exterior styling of the Peugeot 508 is a huge step forward in comparison to the current models Peugeot has on the market, being a lot more elegant than the current Peugeot 607 and Peugeot 407 models.
The power will come from a HYbrid4 drivetrain, which includes a 37 horsepower electric engine located at the rear of the car and a 2.0 liter HDi diesel engine mounted at the front of the car that has an output of 163 horsepower. With a total output of 200 horsepower, the Peugeot 508 will be fast enough for the needs of most people while being real environmental friendly. More precisely, the Peugeot 508 will have return a level of 99 grams per kilometer of carbon dioxide emissions and a fuel consumption of 3.8 liters per 100 kilometers (61.9 mpg US and 74.3 mpg UK). The car will also have a four wheel drive system and the ability to be powered by the electric motor exclusively, at low speeds. The production version of the Peugeot 508 will most likely get the above powertrain, so it will not be limited to the concept version alone.
The French automaker describes the Peugeot 508 concept as being ``another indication of the changing face of Peugeot`` and ``providing an insight into the marquee`s future ambitions in the large luxury vehicle segment``. The production version of the Peugeot 508 will most likely make its world debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show later this year.
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